Breaking down 3 top Texas football recruits with fall decisions

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Texas football fans have recently started turning their attention from the recruiting trail to the gridiron with the upcoming 2022 college football season just around the corner. While the 2022 regular season is set to kick off in a little more than two weeks, there is still action worth watching on the recruiting trail this fall.

Head coach Steve Sarkisian and the Longhorns staff will still be busy at work this fall putting in time on the recruiting trail to ensure that this 2023 class ends on a high note. Texas has done a nice job on the recruiting trail putting together a nationally prominent 2023 class, highlighted by the commitment of the elite five-star Isidore Newman quarterback Arch Manning.

Yet, if Texas wants to compete for the nation’s No. 1 ranked 2023 recruiting class, this staff will have to stay red-hot on the trail throughout the fall. That means securing commitments from at least half of the top priorities for the Longhorns 2023 class in the next few months.

Top priorities for Texas football on the recruiting trail in the 2023 class this fall

With that in mind, here’s a look at a breakdown of the top recruits with looming fall decisions with the start of the 2022 season just a couple of weeks away.

Jalen Hale, WR

The wide receiver target for the Longhorns on the recruiting trail that everyone is talking about heading into the fall is the highly touted four-star Longview product Jalen Hale. Texas is trying to round out their wide receiver class for the 2023 cycle. And the best way that Texas could round out the wide receiver recruiting in the 2023 class is with Hale.

Texas currently holds commitments from three highly touted wide receivers in the 2023 class. The elite five-star DeSoto wide receiver Johntay Cook leads the way for this trio that also includes four-star Aldine Eisenhower (TX) product Ryan Niblett and four-star Dekaney product Jonah Wilson.

Sark, new wide receivers coach/passing game coordinator Brennan Marion, and the Longhorns currently sit in a good position with Hale compared to some of his other top schools. And at this point of his recruitment, it looks like Hale is likely boiling down his decision to Texas and the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Texas and Alabama are the only two schools that have Hale booked for an official visit at the moment for the fall. He’s set to officially visit Tuscaloosa to see Alabama on Sep. 3. And then, h’ell officially visit Austin to see the Longhorns take on the Crimson Tide on that massive game weekend on Sep. 10.

Hale will get plenty of exposure this fall to both Texas and Alabama. With how much the Crimson Tide are zoning in on Hale right now, Texas could have a hard time fending them off before his Sep. 21 commitment date.

But Texas still definitely has a great shot with Hale. Marion and the bulk of the Longhorns 2023 commits are pushing really hard with Hale. At this point of his recruitment, I’d say this is trending the way of a coin flip between Texas and Alabama.